Did You Know?
The programme started life as a French children's TV series "Le Manège Enchanté" (The Magic Roundabout). Dougal the Dog was named Pollux in the original French version and spoke French with a strong English accent. The animation was done by Ivor Wood
who later went on to animate The Herbs
(1968), The Wombles
(1973), Paddington Bear
(1976) and Postman Pat
(1981). Eric Thompson
was asked to narrate a translation of the French script, but chose instead to discard the French script and devise his own stories, based purely on what was happening on-screen. See more